Wicked the Musical at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, the award-winning musical phenomenon and 8th longest-running show currently playing West End tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is pleased to announce the opening of its 22nd new booking period!
Acclaimed as “a wicked and wonderful vision of Oz” (London Evening Standard), “a magical story of friendship, love and growing up” (OfficialLondonTheatre.com) and “pure magic” (Time Out London), the multi award-‐winning London production will celebrate it’s landmark 10th birthday at the Apollo Victoria Theatre on Tuesday 27 September 2016. Around the world, Wicked has now been seen by 50 million people in 14 countries, and won over 100 major awards.
Currently Wicked stars Willemijn Verkaik (Elphaba), Suzie Mathers (Glinda), Oliver Savile (Fiyero), Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible), Mark Curry (The Wizard), Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond), Sarah McNicholas (Nessarose) and Idriss Kargbo (Boq).
★★★★★ "Wicked is amazing. Absolutely amazing" -- Daily Mail
★★★★ "A remarkable kaleidoscope of magical shocks, surprises and sensations - Wicked works like a dream" -- Evening Standard
★★★★★ "It is magnificent to see a musical that manages to be both populist and intelligent at the same time" -- The Sunday Telegraph
Based on the best‐selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re‐imagines the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. Wicked has music and lyrics by multi Grammy® and Academy® Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell; Disney’s Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame) and is based on the novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire and adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman. Musical staging is by Tony® Award-winner Wayne Cilento and the production is directed by two-time Tony® Award-winner Joe Mantello.
Already the 19th longest-running show in West End theatre history, the London production premiere on 27 September 2006 (with previews from 7 September) and has already played over 4000 performances at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. Wicked has been hailed as “one of the greatest musicals of our time” (Daily Mail); “one of the biggest hits of our age” (The Observer); and “one of the most popular West End musicals ever” (London Evening Standard). Wicked is the winner of the Olivier Audience Award (twice); the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Night Out; a Visit London Gold Award; and nine WhatsOnStage Awards including Best West End Show (twice) and Best Musical. Most recently, Wicked has been named as London’s No.1 Long-‐Running Show by BritishTheatre.com, among others.
The multi record-breaking original Broadway production remains "Broadway's biggest blockbuster" (The New York Times) after 12 years and over 5000 performances at the Gershwin theatre, where it premiered on 30 October 2003. Now the 10th longest running show in Broadway history, Wicked has been seen by over 9 million people on Broadway alone and an additional 23 million people across North America. In addition, Wicked has been performed in well over 100 cities in 14 countries around the world, in Canada, Ireland, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Mexico and Brazil, just to name a few.
Book some of the best Wicked tickets now for the show Entertainment Weekly has named 'The Best Musical of the Decade'.